Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Majors

General Studies (BGS) with a concentration in Information Studies: Information Architecture (GFA)

Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 24.0102

Undergraduate Studies

http://ugs.usf.edu/catalog/?category=majors&

Major Description

USF's Bachelor of General Studies Degree (BGS) is a customized, interdisciplinary degree completion program that provides students with options to choose an appropriate academic program that fits their educational and professional goals. The BGS major provides mid-career, adult students with the opportunity to integrate completion of the baccalaureate degree into their established lifestyle.

BGS students will take an active role in creating their academic plans. Rather than choosing a traditional major, BGS students can choose from a number of established plans of study or can create their own individualized plan of study. BGS students complete 24-27 credits (core courses and electives) within a selected concentration in addition to their other degree requirements.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of General Studies degree are restricted from declaring a minor, due to USF's degree progression policy.

Students may not pursue the Bachelor of General Studies as a second major, dual degree, or second or post-baccalaureate degree. Baccalaureate degree holders who wish to pursue further education are encouraged to pursue admission into a graduate degree program of study.​

Concentration Description

The Information Architecture concentration provides students with the foundational technical knowledge, information design theory, and best practices supporting designing, organizing, classifying, and improving web sites and other online applications, organization intranets, social networking applications and online communities, and software for a variety of organizations. The Information Architect’s career opportunities may be in information architecture, project management, design, analysis, usability testing, planning, user interaction design, universal access design, web database design, customer management, and other information related fields.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students desiring to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the University's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this program.

Total Major Hours: 24 Hours

Major Core Courses - 3 Hours

USF Capstone EXIT Requirement:

Concentration Core Courses - 18 Hours

  • LIS 3261 Introduction to Information Science
  • LIS 3353 IT Concepts for Information Professionals
  • LIS 3783 Information Architecture
  • LIS 3361 World Wide Web Page Design and Management
  • LIS 3352 Interaction Design
  • LIS 4365 Web Design Technologies

Concentration Elective Courses - 3 Hours

Choose three credit hours from the following list of courses:

  • CDA 3101 Computer Organization for Information Technology
  • CEN 3722 Human Computer Interfaces for Information Technology
  • CEN 4031 Software Engineering Concepts for Information Technology
  • CGS 3303 IT Concepts
  • CGS 3373 IT Concepts & Data Networking
  • CGS 3374 Computer Architecture & Operating Systems
  • CGS 3845 Electronic Commerce
  • CGS 3847 Advanced E-Commerce
  • CGS 3850 Web Development: JavaScript & jQuery
  • CGS 3853 IT Web Design
  • CGS 4855 Intermediate Web Development (jQuery)
  • CIS 3360 Principles of Information Security
  • CIS 3362 Cryptography and Information Security
  • CIS 3367 Architecting Operating System Security
  • CIS 3932 Special Topics for Information Technology
  • CIS 4204 Ethical Hacking
  • CIS 4253 Ethics for Information Technology
  • CIS 4361 Information Technology Security Management
  • CIS 4365 Computer Security Policies and Disaster Preparedness
  • CIS 4368 Database Security and Audits
  • CIS 4412 Information Technology Resource Management
  • CIS 4510 IT Project Management
  • CIS 4932 Special Topics for Information Technology
  • CIS 4935 Senior Project in Information Technology
  • COP 1930 Special Topics for Information Technology
  • COP 2930 Special Topics for Information Technology
  • COP 2931 Special Topics for Information Technology
  • COP 3515 Program Design for Information Technology
  • COP 3718 Intermediate Database Systems
  • COP 3931 Special Topics for Information Technology
  • COP 4538 Data Structures and Algorithms for Information Technology
  • COP 4610 Operating Systems for Information Technology
  • COP 4610L Operating Systems Laboratory for Information Technology
  • COP 4814 Web Services
  • COP 4816 XML Applications
  • COP 4834 Data-Driven Web Sites
  • COP 4931 Special Topics for Information Technology
  • CNT 4104 Computer Information Networks for Information Technology
  • CNT 4104L Computer Information Networks Laboratory for IT
  • ETG 3612 Operations Management
  • ETG 3931 Special Topics in Information Technology
  • ETG 3933 Selected Topics in Technology
  • ETG 3934 Selected Topics in Technology II
  • ETG 4930 Special Topics in Information Technology
  • LIS XXXX Approved Information Science elective

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements

Upon acceptance to the BGS major, students will complete the necessary coursework to reach 120 credit hours. The 120 credit hour requirement includes completing the following:

  • USF Foundations of Knowledge and Learning General Education requirements or approved equivalents - unless GE credits were completed at another Florida institution.
  • All USF exit requirements
  • Foreign Language Entrance Requirement
  • One or two disciplinary concentrations selected by the student and approved by the advisor
  • A minimum of 42 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above)

Major Residency Requirement

At least 30 hours earned at USF Tampa.

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